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Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week 8 Defense

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Cheesehead TV Matchup: Week 8 Defense

Jam the top of the stack

The Jets have used the concept below more than a few times this year. It's an easy route combination for Sanchez to read to one side of the field and allows the Jets to keep one or two extra guys in to protect. Notice how Champ Bailey is in press, which is the traditional way you are supposed to play a stack when you are in man, with the top receiver's corner up at the line to jam the wide out as he's trying to get out into his route.

One small little problem: Bailey, despite being close enough to smell Edward's breath, never gets the jam:

Once Edwards has made his initial move, Bailey is beat. The safety either completely blows his assignment or is playing some sort of "Robber" underneath. Whatever the case, Bailey is on his own and he doesn't stand a chance after four steps.

This is the same kind of concept that the Lions used on their first touchdown to Calvin Johnson back in Week 4. The Packers gave Johnson a completely free release into a zone look that saw Morgan Burnett get completely turned around in the end zone.

If the Packers see the stack this weekend, they need to knock the hell out of the top receiver.

  • Sanchez locks in, so should the defense

Up until two weeks ago and their game in Denver, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had done a good job of protecting the football. He'd thrown some bad balls but had stayed out of the INT column. Then came the Broncos game and the first two interceptions of the season for Sanchez.

The one pictured below is a pretty good example of how Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has limited the reads Sanchez needs to make on any given play. The problem, for the Jets, is that Sanchez has a tendency to stare down his initial read. This is not uncommon when it comes to young quarterbacks. Watch how he latches on to Jericho Cotchery from the snap of the ball all the way across the field, even after sidestepping some pressure up the middle.

The Packers secondary, with the likes of Nick Collins and Charles Woodson, should be able to make some hay against Sanchez. As Matt Bowen said last summer, the Packers secondary is filled with ballhawks. Sanchez will throw some catchable balls to the Packers defense. It will be up to them to make the play. (Yes, I'm looking at you Tramon)

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PackerFanJon's picture

The last time I remember seeing a lot of stack formations was the playoff game and that didn't work too well for the Packers.

Coming into the season I thought we would see a lot more stacks and as Aaron mentioned Detroit ran it successfully. But I don't remember seeing is any other game possibly the Philly game. Have the Packers learned how to defend it or are teams just not running it against them?

packeraaron's picture

They've seen it quite a bit actually. The Vikings ran it a ton. They've done a much better (though by no means great) job of defending it. You can def see it was a point of emphasis.

CSS's picture

So, is this the week where Capers frequently places 8 bodies inside the box and dares Sanchez to beat them? The closer Sanchez gets to 25 attempts the more I like the Packers chances.

To your analysis above, that's one reason I'm surprised Harris isn't activated, he's got to be the best jamming Packer CB the 2nd he's on the field.

Will be interesting to see Capers looks. The Jets aren't the type of team where it will serve Capers well to rush 3 and let that aggressive Jets O-line lean on what few healthy D-line bodies the Pack have. I'm expecting quite a mixed bag this weekend.

NoWayJose's picture

No need to worry. The Experts at ESPN have spoken and they have unanimously picked the Jets.

There is no surer sign that the Jets won't win.

NickGBP's picture

Love it.

MadMan's picture

I would like to see the Packers keep 7-8 men in the box and force Sanchez to beat them. I like our chances if we do that. On obvious passing downs if we go to only three rushers we are just asking for trouble as it has not worked well so far. I say force them into 3rd and long as much as possible and give our secondary a chance to make plays.

Tarynfor 12's picture

There will be a few TRICK or TREATS for us to remember this game.

ZeroTolerance's picture

Eight in the box - sounds like Bigby time.

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